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21 January 2011

GA Dem Leader Attends Racial Unity Event After Comparing Opponents To KKK

Last month, Georgia Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown compared his political opponents to the Ku Klux Klan. This month, Senator Brown appeared at a forum to discuss ways that racial unity could be achieved.

To state Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, racial progress will require elected officials to openly acknowledge the existence of institutional racism, and community organization to demand changed public policies.

"We are not being honest with one another,” he told a crowd Thursday night.

[Brown and Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen]addressed a community forum on race and politics, held at Macon City Hall, which drew about 60 people, including a number of city officials and community leaders. It was hosted by Unity-N-Community and sponsored by NewTown Macon, Clear Channel Macon and Cricket Communications.

Gaines, Jim (2011-1-21). Sen. Brown at race forum: ‘We’re not being honest with one another’. Macon Telegraph. Retrieved on 2011-1-21.

If we're going to be honest with each other and tell the truth, then we should acknowledge that equating your political opponents with a white supremicist organization doesn't exactly promote racial unity.

Racial progress will only be achieved when black folks stop implying that anyone who disagrees with them politically is racist; and white folks become a little more sensitive to issues of importance to the black community.